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Day Tour: Tibet Drepung and Sera Monasteries

Lhasa, China
Day Tour: Tibet Drepung and Sera Monasteries

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Delve into Tibet’s renowned religious heritage on an 8-hour tour of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery from Lhasa. At your first stop, you’ll explore the caves, temples, and pagodas that comprise Drepung Monastery, only recently reopened to the public. Visit, too, Sera Monastery, a 13th-century complex famed for hosting passionate debates between novice and senior monks. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lhasa are included.
  • 8-hour tour of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery from Lhasa
  • Travel with ease from Lhasa to two of Tibet's most famous monasteries
  • Discover the pagodas, caves, and temples of Drepung Monastery, only reopened to the public in 2013
  • See the famous debating monks at Sera Monastery
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in from the GangGyan Hotel in Lhasa
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Small-group (2-12 persons)
Hotel Pickup and drop-off
English-speaking, local Tibetan guide
City tour tourist vehicle
Liability travel insurance
Drinking water provided during the trip
Entrance fee of tourist site
Lunch
Tibet Travel Permit at additional USD $50 per person

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup Point: Clients' Hotel in Lhasa downtown
Dates: Daily
Seeoff point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
At 9:30am, greet your guide in the lobby of the GangGyan hotel, located in central Lhasa. From here, you’ll make the 30-minute journey to the Drepung Monastery and learn about the complex’s rich history along the way.  

Hear about when the monastery was closed down due to the incitement of a violent protest, visit the former residences of Dalai Lamas, and discover the scenic temples, caves, and pagodas scattered across the colossal grounds.

Then, you’ll continue to 15th-century Sera Monastery, known as the home of the debating monks, to watch raucous debates between novice and senior monks on the doctrines of Tibetan Buddhism.   

Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point at around 5:30pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)
At 9:30am, the tour guide will be in the lobby of clients' Hotel, Lhasa, to provide transportation to Drepung Monastery, one of the 'great three' Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamming Choge, one of Tsongkhapa's main disciples. Drepung Monastery was used as the Dalai Lama's palace in the Drepung before permanently relocating to Potala Palace. The grand monastery was built along the mountains covering over 650,000 square feet. With numerous mansions and zigzagging alleys, the monastery looks like an impressive city in itself.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sera Monastery
In the afternoon, continue to Sera Monastery. It is also one of the 'great three' Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, but was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, another main disciple of Tsongkhapa's. The highlight of Sera Monastery is the debate of monks around 3-to-5pm daily, except Sundays.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Book at least 20 days in advance so that the tour operator may obtain your Tibet Permit. The Tibet Permit will be delivered to the customer's delivery address / hotel address in China. Please note your tour operator will contact you after the booking is confirmed.
  • Travelers are required to provide photocopy of passports and China L visas at least 20 days prior to travel date.
  • Notice: Customers' airport pickup and drop-off in Lhasa need be arranged by tour supplier. If customers fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu, please do not apply for China L Visa in advance, because customers need apply for their Tibet Group Visa from China Embassy in Kathmandu via travel agency. Before that, they need ask for invitation letter from tour supplier. If customers fly or take a train to Lhasa from one city of China, they need apply for their China L Visa from China Embassy in their country.
  • A valid passport and China L Visa used to apply for Tibet Permit are required on the travelling period
  • Travelers who got a Tibet Travel Permit from another travel agency cannot book this day tour
  • Travelers are required to book multiple day tours from the same suppliers if their plan includes multiple destinations in Tibet
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tibet Vista
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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